In this edition of 5 Things, Food Management highlights five things you may have missed recently about developments affecting onsite dining.
Here’s your list for today:
1. Former NYC Schools official found guilty in scheme that led to tainted meat being served to students
Eric Goldstein, once the head of the New York City Education Department’s Office of School Support Services, has been convicted of conspiracy, extortion, wire fraud, and taking bribes in a scheme that saw him turn a blind eye as public school students were served up chicken tenders tainted with bits of metal, plastic and bone. Prosecutors alleged that Goldstein brokered a corrupt business relationship with a Texas-based food provider called Somma Food Group, whose three owners were co-defendends in the case and were also found guilty of conspiracy, wire fraud and bribery.
2. Sodexo North America posts 12.4% revenue gain in third quarter
Sodexo reported third quarter revenues for its North American operations rose 12.4% (12.1% organic) from the third quarter of fiscal 2022, outpacing the company as a whole, which grew revenues 9.1% (10.5% organic). The results follow a 16.4% organic increase in the 2023 fiscal year's first half [https://www.food-management.com/k-12-schools/sodexo-north-america-reports-164-organic-growth-first-half-fy2023]
3. Sticker shock greets Goldman Sachs staff at company’s cafeteria
Goldman Sachs economists may recognize that inflation is easing nationally, but you wouldn’t know it from the prices at the bank’s cafeteria. The Wall Street giant’s rank and file grumble that, as they schlep into headquarters at 200 West St. in lower Manhattan five days a week, they’re greeted with stratospherically priced breakfast options that include a $7 cup of yogurt. That’s up from $5 before the bank’s return-to-office mandate last year, according to one sticker-shocked banker. Breakfast sandwiches likewise have jumped to $7 versus $4.50 previously.
4. Madison Schools pilots student-grown food program
Lunches in Madison school meals could include food grown by students themselves with the help of Rooted in collaboration with Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and a grant from Willy St. Co-op. The co-op gave Rooted a $2,500 grant as part of their Community Reinvestment Fund, and the money went to support efforts to grow lettuce and herbs as part of a pilot program at the Goodman Youth Farm.
5. The buffet returns in a post-pandemic world
The buffet got creamed during the pandemic. Even when diners crept back into restaurants covered in hand sanitizer, a model of eating based on shared serving spoons and food seasoned with the breath of strangers seemed like a goner. But the all-you-can-eat buffet, that symbol of America’s love of choice and penchant for excess, will not be denied. From piles of crab legs at swank Las Vegas casinos to pans of fried chicken in small-town Southern restaurants, the buffet is back, baby.
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